Monday, July 12, 2010

the wedding singer

our first hug after the ceremony

Theres no substitute for a Singer sewing machine when you need to make things for an event as important as a family wedding. I have my dearest nanna's archaic but trusty, vintage Singer as my constant companion and was happily sewing away making the dress for my son's wedding when I broke a needle.
This sort of thing wouldnt normally have deterred me from finishing what im working on. I keep a constant stash of back-up items for when things like this happen. I have an extensive range of needles for overlocking and twin stitching, ball points and denim. What I hadnt banked on was the fact that my kids have been sewing gloves and mitts and fingerless armwarmers.
Its been a busy couple of weeks at Textured Leaf Central.
No-one has told me theyve been breaking needles. I had none left but the thick denim variety. The dress I was making was silk. Denim needles dont sew through silk. They shred it and pucker it. I had one seam to go and I dont even know how, when I broke my last decent fine needle.
I had 40 minutes to go before we left for the airport and I still had to dye my hair, shower, dress, check the boys had everything, do a last minute run around check of the house, you know the drill.
So I gave up. The dress making I mean.
It shouldnt have been that bad. I had promise of a machine when we reached Perth at Nanna Muriel's who is a quilt-maker. I was told she had a studio with everything at my disposal. It should have been an easy decision to quit sewing and jump in the shower in the nick of time, but it wasnt. I had a funny nagging feeling that things could not be that easy. I love the way my nanna's Singer can sew through fine silk to thick quilts without even changing the settings. It seems ive been spoilt all this time. And my fears were well founded.
After a few days of meeting the new in-laws and socialising I finally found myself at in-law Nan's. She made me feel right at home and showed me the gorgeous quilts she was working on. Shes an accomplished patchworker and it was very inspirational. But her machine sucked. Like, it literally sucked my silk into it.
I was considering wearing another dress, (yes. I took a back-up) but I persevered and got there in the end (after sneakily adjusting her machine tension while she was making cups of tea) and a teeny bit of hand sewing.
It took me around an hour to sew a single line of stitching down the front of a dress.
Theres nothing like a Singer at a wedding.

Other wedding disasters included:

Locking the house keys inside before we'd even left for the airport and climbing back in through a window that shouldnt have been left open, (lucky)

Adelin (the bride-to-be) having to work up until the wedding when I was supposed to be designing and fitting her wedding cape and fascinator (feathers were flying right up until the final hour as the cape had large ostrich feathers falling from it too)

Navarh's buttons falling off his jacket 30 minutes before the ceremony and having to quickly sew them on

Navarh having an unknown bug from his overseas trip to Thailand and Cambodia (as a last minute bucks present with my husband) and not being able to eat at his own wedding. He's a budding chef and had chosen a menu with Wagu beef and Salmon, poor thing

Other happenings where youll have to just, simply, trust me


Sally said...

Oh my gosh - that does sound eventful... and it has been freezing here too!
My best wishes for your son and daughter-in-law to have a very happy life together. They both look stunning... nervous but stunning!

Michelle Macdonald said...

I wanna see more photos!! What a beautiful groom and bride!!! Sorry to hear about the stressful sewing moments! but I wanted to laugh - sorry I thought it sounded funny!!!
Would love to catch up soon, and guess what? i have a new sewing machine on lay-by. I am going to chuck my old one about the window.
Loved the fabric on your dress by the way - wanna see more of this delicous creation.
glad you got back OK
luv M

Michelle Macdonald said...

PS I would love to catch up SOOOOOOON

Copper Patch said...

What a gorgeous family! I hope you were finally about to exhale when you got the actual wedding. And then have several glasses of champagne :o)

Alex said...

Hello darling! Congratulations on Navarh's wedding - so happy for them. Please give them my love when you talk to them next. And congrats to you and B as well...

I can't get over the other 2 either - my goodness I'm feeling so old suddenly.

I catch up with Zha every now and then, which is lovely. Mali is a total spunk!

Love your blog, btw.

lets catch up again soon - even with Mish!

love, Uncle

Sara said...

Wendy - WOW!! So amazing. So very amazing! Sorry about the stressful dress part but the rest sounds like it was an absolutely wonderful magical time! Well, aside from everything else that kept going wrong...! But let's focus on the good stuff huh and laugh away the other stuff. Hope Navarrh has recovered from his nasty stomach bug too.
I concur - I want to see more of this dress! In fact, it's just so lovely to see more of you here on the interwebs I won't push my luck. So just keep on being you please.
much love to you and your gorgeous family!

TK said...

oh words fail husband just keeled over!!!......your dress looks superb, what we can see of it.....more photos would be lovely!!

the textured leaf said...

Alas my computer wont allow me to upload anything at this present moment in time, (hence my blogging deficit) highly frustrating

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